Who Are the Unchurched? by Gary D.Foster Consulting
They aren’t antagonistic. They welcome a conversation with believers. They aren’t staying out of church for the reasons you may think. In one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on the unchurched, LifeWay Research, in partnership with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, surveyed 2,000 unchurched Americans. They defined “unchurched” as someone who has not attended a worship service in the last 6 months. A third of respondents were non-white. Genders were almost equally represented (53% male), and almost half have a high school diploma or less. Contrary to many perceptions, 62% went to church regularly as a child. A third have plans to go to church in the future. 47% are very open to a gospel conversation. 31% would listen actively without participating. 80% would welcome a gospel conversation. Another 12% would discuss it with some discomfort, and only 11% would change the subject as soon as possible. 55% would attend church if invited by a family member. And 51% would attend church if invited by a friend or neighbor. The opportunities are incredible. (Sermon Central 12/23/16)
The Most Significant Trend in Americans’ religiosity in recent decades has been the growing shift away from formal or official religion. 21% of U.S. adults don’t have a formal religious identity. This represents a major change from the late 40s and 50s when only 2% to 3% of Americans did not report a formal religious identity, according to Gallup. The increase in those claiming no religious identity began in the 70s, with the percentage crossing the 10% threshold in ‛90 and climbing into the teens in the 00s. Americans are also significantly less likely now than they were in the past to claim membership in a church, synagogue or mosque. In 1937, when Gallup first asked about church membership, 73% said they were a member of a church. This dropped into the upper 60% range in the 80s and continued to decrease from that point on. It fell to its lowest point of 54% in ‛15 but increased slightly to 56% this year. Self-reported church attendance is also lower. Gallup’s longest-running religious service attendance question asks, “Did you, yourself, happen to attend church, synagogue or mosque in the last seven days, or not?” In 1939 41% said “yes.” That dropped to 37% in 1940 and rose to 39% in 1950. It continued to climb, reaching as high as 49% in the 50s. Attendance then settled down to around 40% for decades, before dropping to 36% for the past 3 years. (Gallup 12/23/16)
America Remains Largely Christian 74% of Americans identify with a Christian religion, and 5% with a non-Christian religion. The rest of the U.S. adult population, about 21%, either says they don’t have a formal religious identity or don’t give a response. The dominance of Christianity in the U.S. is not new, but it has changed over time. The U.S. has seen an increase in those with no formal religious identity (“nones”) and a related decrease in those identifying with a Christian religion. Since ‛08, the “nones” have increased by 6 percentage points, while those identifying as Christian have decreased by 6. The 5% who identify with a non-Christian religion has stayed constant. In the late 40s and 50s over 90% of American adults identified as Christian (either Protestant or Catholic) with most of the rest identifying as Jewish. (Gallup 12/23/16)
Religion Still Important 53% of Americans say religion is “very important” in their lives. This is down marginally from recent years, but the trend over time has shown less of a decline than have other religious indicators such as religious identification or church membership. In ‛65, 70% said religion was “very important” in their lives, but figures have since ranged from 52% to 61%. The percentage reporting that religion is “very important” hit the low end of this range in the 80s and has done so again in more recent years. The 53% who say religion is “very important” this year is low on a relative basis but is similar to what it was in ‛78 and ‛87. (Gallup 12/23/16)
Top 10 Characteristics Unchurched Families 1. They are a blended home. 2. They are spiritually mismatched. 3. They are financially strapped. 4. They are over-calendared. 5. They are biblically illiterate. 6. They are ethnically diverse. 7. They have a special needs child. 8. 1 in 5 have experienced some form of trauma in the home. 9. They want to be successful. 10. They are spiritually hungry. May churches remove every unnecessary encumbrance and unbiblical distraction and be the place of grace that reaches the ones Christ gave his very life for! (Pastors.com 12/5/16)
Prolonged Marginalization of Young Adulthood Sociologist Christian Smith and colleagues interviewed over 3,000 American adolescents ages 13 to 17. He found most claimed to be religious. However, Smith characterizes their religion as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.” They have faith in a moralistic deity who expects human creatures to behave, to feel good about themselves, and to run their own lives without too much divine intervention. A dark side of emerging adulthood is exposed when the young people face challenges of young adulthood. They are disproportionately subject to substance abuse, consumerism, sexual promiscuity, lack of moral language, withdrawal from civic and political engagement and a host of emotional maladies. 60% of young adults studied believe every individual must be free to act on his or her personal values. They practice a form of banal tolerance– not judging others, being tolerant, and not imposing one’s own values. Half believe “morality is whatever people think it is” and that “there are no definite rights and wrongs for everybody.” Most “think that people’s believing something to be morally true is what makes it morally true” and that “if some cultures believe different things about morality, then there is not a moral truth.” Only one-quarter spoke of wanting to help others or being a positive influence in others’ lives. (Insights into Religion 1/12/17, Young, Emerging, Lost or Arrested? David F. White)
Faith on The Hill The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early ‛60s, according to a new Pew Research analysis. Indeed, among members of the new, 115th Congress, 91% describe themselves as Christians similar to the 87th Congress (1961 to 1962) when 95% did so. Like the nation as a whole, Congress has become much less Protestant over time. The total percentage of Protestants in Congress has dropped from 75% in ‛61 to 56% today. During this period, Congress’s share of Catholics has gone from 19% to 31%. The group most notably underrepresented is the religiously unaffiliated or “nones.” 23% of Americans now identify as nones while just 0.2% of members of Congress do so. (Pew Research Center 1/3/17)
What Non-Christians Really Think About Christians According to LifeWay researcher Thom Rainer, there are 7 common types of comments his years of research have heard when asking non-Christians their thoughts about Christians. Here they in their order frequency: 1. Christians are against more things than they are for. 2. I would like to develop a friendship with a Christian. 3. I would like to learn about the Bible from a Christian. 4. I don’t see much difference in the way Christians live compared to others. 5. I wish I could learn to be a better husband/wife/dad/mom, etc., from a Christian. 6. Some Christians try to act like they have no problems. 7. I wish a Christian would take me to his or her church. Do you see the pattern? Non-Christians want to interact with Christians. They want to see Christians’ actions match their beliefs. They want Christians to be real. (Church Leaders 12/23/16)
U.S. Religion Contributes $1.2 Trillion Religion makes a huge socio-economic contribution to life in the U.S., some $1.2 trillion annually, according to recent research. These dollars range from the basic economic drivers of any business (staff, overhead, utilities) to billions spent on philanthropic programs, educational institutions and health care services. $1.2 trillion in terms of Gross Domestic Product, it would make it the 15th largest national economy in the world. (Leadership Network 12/20/16)
Who Celebrates Christmas? 92% of Americans and nearly all Christians (96%) say they celebrate Christmas, according to a ‛13 Pew Research Center survey. This is no surprise, but what might be more unexpected is that 81% of non-Christians in the U.S. also celebrate Christmas. This includes 87% of people with no religion and even about 76% of Asian-American Buddhists and 73% of Hindus. Also, 32% of U.S. Jews had a Christmas tree in their homes during the most recent holiday season. Among Americans overall, 51% say they celebrate Christmas as more of a religious holiday, while 32% say it is more of a cultural holiday to them personally. (Pew Fact Tank 12/21/16)
Beliefs Matter People who pray every day are 30% more likely to give to a charity than people who do not pray, people who devote time to a spiritual life are 42% more likely to give to charity than those who do not, and interestingly, “people who say that ‘beliefs don’t matter as long as you’re a good person’ are dramatically less likely to give charitably (69% to 86%) and to volunteer (32% to 51%) than people who think that beliefs do matter. (LifeSite News 12/22/16)
Why We Don’t Tithe Tithing is a spiritual discipline many Christians practice. In its simplest form, it means giving back to God 10% of what you make. Charles Stone, Sr. Pastor and founder of StoneWell Ministries has seen 10 common reasons church people give for not tithing. They are: 1. “It’s all mine anyway. Why should I give?” 2. “I give elsewhere.” 3. “Tithing is not in the New Testament.” 4. “God will provide through other people.” 5. “My gifts don’t really count.” 6. “I don’t trust preachers.” 7. “I only give to projects I like.” 8. “I have no control over my finances. My husband/wife does.” 9. “I will tithe when I can afford it.” 10. “I’m afraid to.” (Outreach.com 1/3/17)
What Influences Us the Most? Among conservative Christians the top 3 personal influences are the Bible (estimated to have “a lot of influence” on their decisions and perspectives by 98%), religious teaching (92%), and the values taught to them by their parents (77%). Other significant influencers are family members (33%); courts and judges (33%); government laws and regulations (30%); books (18%); the policies implemented by businesses (18%); conversations with friends (17%); schools (12%); and the behavior and choices of their friends (10%). Interestingly, 74% claimed the content of entertainment media and 64% believed current music has no influence upon them. (American Culture & Faith Institute 1/4/17)
Bible Stories Losing Relevance When Luther Seminary professor David Lose assigned his students to interview two persons from their home congregations and ask them what Bible stories provide them with comfort or courage when they are struggling with a problem, only one in 100 students reported back that an interviewee could readily identify such a story. That dismal rate points to the low level of influence of the biblical narrative in the everyday life of Christians. (Faith in Leadership 1/13/14)
Growing vs. Declining Churches According to a long-term Wilfrid Laurier Univ. study, 93% of clergy members and 83% of worshipers from growing churches agreed with the statement “Jesus rose from the dead with a real flesh-and-blood body leaving behind an empty tomb.” This compared with 67% of worshipers and 56% of clergy members from declining churches. Furthermore, all growing church clergy members and 90% of their worshipers agreed that “God performs miracles in answer to prayers,” compared with 80% of worshipers and a mere 44% of clergy members from declining churches. (Washington Post 1/4/17)
Fewer Praying for Refugees American Christians are less responsive to the Syrian crisis than they were a year ago, according to a World Vision survey. Fewer “committed Christians” said they had taken action on behalf of refugees in the past 2 years. In ‛16, 38% said they had been involved, down from 44% the year before. The number of committed Christians praying for Syrian refugees dropped by more than a third this year, down to 19%. Americans have become slightly more willing to share news about refugees on social media (14%) and to donate to aid groups (11%) than last year. Syria’s population has scattered as a result of a civil war that began in ‛11; 6.1 million Syrians remain displaced within their country, and 4.8 million have left as refugees. Half of those are children. Over the past year, the U.S. accepted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees. According to a Pew Research Center, 67% of white evangelicals and 65% of mainline Protestants believe America does not have a moral responsibility to accept Syrian refugees. Overall, 40% of American voters agreed. (CT Gleanings12/22/16)
Disruptive Church Trends The culture continues to change rapidly around us. Here are 6 disruptive church trends, trend-watcher Carey Nieuwhof sees coming in ‛17. 1) Consumer Christianity will die faster than ever. That’s because it asks “What’s in it for me?” Christian maturity isn’t marked by how much we know or what we can get, it’s marked by how much we love and how much we give in light of how deeply we’ve been loved and how much we’ve been given. 2) Cool church will morph. Having great preaching, a decent band and an awesome facility or environment is not a bad thing. But unchurched people are increasingly interested in the mission more than the method. They want to meet Jesus. They have enough cool in their lives, but not enough Jesus. 3). Preachers who can’t speak to the unchurched will preach to a shrinking crowd. One day, every church will have to learn how to reach unchurched people because only unchurched people will be left. 4) Preaching will fuse both the head and the heart. Preaching to the head can lead to a changed mind, but not a changed life. Preaching only to the heart creates emotional followers, whose faith rises and falls with their feelings. The goal is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. 5) Anonymity will continue to give way to community. The rise of technology has created a strange paradox; people are more connected than ever but feel more disconnected than ever. Anonymity is slowly giving way to community. 6) Engagement will become the new attendance. For decades, church leaders have used Sunday attendance as a measure of effectiveness in ministry. The challenge these days is that even committed Christians are attending church less often. Engagement will become the new growth engine in the future church. (ChurchLeaders.com, Carey Nieuwhof, 1/8/17)
Most Missionaries are Women Among evangelical faith missions between 80–85% of all single missionaries are women. It is a rare thing, like 2 out of every 10, for a single man to make missions his life’s vocation, which results in the overall statistics being that one-third of those in evangelical world missions are married men, one-third are married women, and 80% of the last third are single women. Which means that something just less than two-thirds of the total missionary force are women. (ChurchLeders.com 12/10/17)
Christian Persecution Continues to Increase For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism. Thus, Asia increasingly merits concern alongside the Middle East, according to the 2017 World Watch List) by Open Doors. The total number of persecution incidents in the top 50 most dangerous countries increased, revealing the persecution of Christians worldwide as a rising trend. The top 10 nations where it is most dangerous and difficult to practice the Christian faith are: North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Eritrea. Yemen was the only new country in the top 10, replacing Libya. (CT Gleanings 1/11/17)
Assisted Suicide A recent Lifeway Research study revealed a disconcerting belief among Christians generally and Evangelicals in particular. 67% of Americans agree with the statement, “When a person is facing a painful terminal disease, it is morally acceptable to ask for a physician’s aid in taking his or her own life.” This is a shockingly high number. Even more disturbing are the numbers among faith groups; 59% of all Christians agree with the statement, as do 38% of those who claim to be Evangelical. This confirms a ‛13 Pew Research study where they asked a similar question. (The Exchange 12/9/16)
Christians and Pastors Agree & Disagree A new American Culture & Faith Institute survey shows conservative pastors and conservative Christians hold similar views on a number of outlooks. However, there are several critical perspectives where they have significant differences. Expected similarities: Almost all of the people in each group self-described as “pro-life advocates” (99% among SAGE Cons (the spiritually active, governance engaged conservative voters) and 98% among theolocons (theologically conservative Christian pastors). 96% of SAGE Cons and 95% of theolocons identify as evangelicals. 99% of SAGE Cons and 97% of theolocons agree absolute moral truth exists. 99% and 98% respectively, personally possess a biblical world-view. Just 4% and 7%, respectively are comfortable with postmodernism. Noteworthy differences: 58% of theolocons said they would be willing to engage in civil disobedience vs. 43% of SAGE Cons. Yet 77% of SAGE Cons are “angry about the current state of America” vs. 66% of theolocons. 46% of SAGE Cons said they do not trust any politician vs. 34% of theolocons. 30% of SAGE Cons agree “people are basically good” vs. 19% of theolocons. (American Culture & Faith Institute 12/21/16)
Why You Should Attend Church Here are 4 powerful reasons from evangelist and author Matt Brown why you should attend church weekly, and why church attendance can change your life: 1. God says so. God tells us in his Word to “not give up meeting together” (Heb. 10:25). 2. Worshipping Jesus together is powerful. There is something biblically powerful about gathering together with other believers to worship. 3. We need Christian community. It fulfills something inside of us to do life with, encourage and be authentically involved in each other’s lives. 4. We grow more together than alone. We are all human, and no one is perfect. So, it requires effort and intentionality and grace from God to do life together, even as believers. (Outreach 1/5/17)
As Marriage Declines, So Does Religious Engagement Leading scholars conclude that religious disengagement is associated with the trend to postpone marriage and parenthood. For younger (and older) adults, marital rates and religious involvement tend to go hand-in-hand. Almost all the decline in religious attendance has taken place among younger adults who have not married. Today’s young adults are divided religiously on lines corresponding closely to their marital status. Young adults who are married go to church and often to theologically conservative churches. Unmarried young adults are less likely to attend religious services. Settling down in family usually means settling down to church. Growing strong marriages and thriving families is an important church growth strategy that cannot be ignored. (Focus on the Family Findings 8/13)
Are Parents Taking Their Kids to Church? According to Pew Research, 65% of parents attend worship service with their children at least a few times a year. 83% of evangelical parents are taking their children to church. 78% of Catholic parents are taking their children to church. 67% of mainline Protestant parents are taking their children to church. 69% of parents, who are nones, say they seldom or never take their children to church. (Church Leaders 12/23/16)
Are Single Parents Passing on Their Faith? Whether one was raised by 2 people who shared the same faith or by a single parent seems to have little effect on whether that person carries the religion of his or her parent or parents into adulthood. Among adults who were raised by 2 Catholic parents, 62% describe themselves as Catholics today, as do 58% of those raised by a single parent who was Catholic. (Pew Research, Church Leaders 12/23/16)
How are Millennial Parents Influencing Their Kids? 75% of parents married to spouses of the same religion say they pray or read Scripture with their children. 70% of parents married to spouses of the same religion say they send their children to religious education programs such as Sunday School. 82% of households where one parent is religious and the other is a none, say their child is being raised in a religion. Among those parents who were raised exclusively by Protestants, roughly 80% now identify with Protestantism, including 80% of those raised by 1 Protestant parent and 75% of those raised by a single parent who was Protestant. Among those raised by one Protestant and one religious “none,” 56% now identify with Protestantism, while 34% are religiously unaffiliated. Those who were raised by a Protestant and a Catholic, are divided among those who now identify with Protestantism (38%), Catholicism (29%) and no religion (26%). (Pew Research, Church Leaders 12/23/16)
How Millennial Parents Were Raised The biggest influence in a child’s life is his or her parents. And this includes spiritual influence as well. Whether positive or negative, parents, by their words and actions, heavily weigh in on the trajectory of their child’s spiritual life. A recent Pew Research report states 27% of Millennial parents were raised with a mixed religious household. 24% of parents were raised by at least one parent who was a religious none. 15% were raised by at least one parent who was religious and one who was a none. 6% of were raised by households where both parents were nones. 3% were raised by a single parent who was a none. Only 24% were raised by 2 Protestant parents, 48% of previous generations. (Church Leaders 12/23/16)
Many Poor Single Mothers have a strong interest in instilling faith in their children, reports College of the Holy Cross’ sociologist Susan Crawford Sullivan. Her research and other studies on the religious practices of low-income mothers reveal a renewed commitment to faith with parenthood. Acting on that faith can provide a number of benefits from better behavioral outcomes for children to reduced parental stress for struggling moms. More than 66% of the mothers increased their religious participation after the birth of a child, according to a study of 2,356 families in which mothers of urban children born between ‛98 and ‛00 were interviewed over a 5-year period. They also maintained a higher rate of involvement through the first few years of the child’s life. And the more active faith life appeared to help both mother and child. On average, mothers who attended services weekly reported lower levels of parenting stress and have children who are less likely to get in fights or bully others and have fewer signs of being withdrawn or depressed. In contrast, non-attenders reported being less involved with their children and greater parenting stress. Their children also displayed more problem behaviors. Yet, the great majority of the mothers interviewed attended church less than once a month or not at all because of logistical problems such as transportation or feeling stigmatized or unwelcome. (The ARDA 10/3/10)
Parental Influence Huge According to Pew Research, 62 % of Millennials, who were raised by a single parent who was a none, now identify as nones. 38% who were raised by one parent who was religious and one who was not, now identify as nones. 26% who were raised by one Protestant and one Catholic parent now identify as nones. 20% who were raised by 2 Catholic parents, now identify as a none. 14% who were raised by 2 Protestant parents, now identify as a none. 25% say their spouse does not share their religion. 40% of those raised in households where both parents shared the same religion, say their mother was far more responsible for their religious upbringing than their father. 46% of those raised by parents who had different religions, say their mother was the biggest influence on their faith. 63% of those raised by one parent who was religious and one who was a none, say their mother was mainly responsible for their religious upbringing. (Church Leaders 12/23/16)
Reading Benefits Your Mind According to various scientific studies, reading has measurable health benefits beyond the transient (or infinite) enjoyment you derive from simply reading stories and experiencing characters. In fact, reading benefits your mind and body in so many ways, and the effects are so vast, it might just be the ultimate way to keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Science shows that when we read, our brain’s neural pathways come to life, causing new synapses to be created. This expands the brain’s elasticity, which decreases mental decline by 32% for the elderly and helps people of all ages improve their memory capacity. (BookBaby.com 12/15/16)
Are Millennials Really That Different? The answer is yes, profoundly so, according to Gallup. Millennials will change the world decisively more than any other generation. They will continue to disrupt how the world communicates; how we read and write and relate. Millennials are disrupting retail, hospitality, real estate and housing, transportation, entertainment and travel, and they will soon radically change higher education. They are altering the very social fabric of America and the world. They’re waiting longer to get married and have children, and they’re less likely than other generations to identify with specific religions or political parties. They are changing the very will of the world. Gallup has identified these 6 functional changes: 1. Millennials don’t just work for a paycheck—they want a purpose. 2. They are not pursuing job satisfaction—they are pursuing development. 3. They don’t want bosses—they want coaches. 4. They don’t want annual reviews—they want ongoing conversations. 5. They don’t want to fix their weaknesses—they want to develop their strengths. 6. It’s not just my job—it’s my life. (Gallup 5/11/16)
Gen Zers New Marchex research on the Gen Z generation, the generation coming up behind Millennials, finds they are impatient and want human contact when it comes to dealing with businesses. They place a premium on connecting in real time over the phone. Gen Zers are 2.6x more likely to click-to-call a business from their smartphone. 30% more likely to curse at a business over the phone. 60% more likely to hang up if a call isn’t answered in 45 seconds. (Biz Report 12/22/16)
Americans are Most Thankful for family (61%), health (13%), personal freedom (9%), memories (3%), safety & security (3%), friends (2%), opportunities (2%), achievements (2%), fun experiences (1%) and wealth (1%). (LifeWay Research, The Exchange 12/6/16)
Drug Overdoses Rise More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23% in one year, to 12,989. Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73% to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4%. Overall, overdose deaths rose 11% last year, to 52,404. By comparison, the number of people who died in car crashes was 37,757, an increase of 12%. Gun deaths, including homicides and suicides, totaled 36,252, up 7%. (AP 12/1016)
Foreign Born Workers From ‛12–‛15, 19% of all U.S. workers aged 25 to 64 were foreign-born. From ‛12–‛15, 36% of architects and engineers, 30% of scientists and social scientists and 48% of computer and math workers with graduate degrees in the U.S. were foreign-born. (No Recovery | An Analysis of Long-Term U.S. Productivity Decline, Gallup, 2016)
- Just 24% of Millennials say they were raised by two Protestant parents vs. 48% in the Silent and Greatest Generations.
- 62% of U.S. adults raised solely by Catholic parents continue to identify as Catholics in adulthood.
- 80% of U.S. adults raised exclusively within Protestantism continue to identify as Protestants today.
- 90% of the churches on earth are under 200 people. 80% are under 100.
- 39% of the youth pastors are in their first 3 years of ministry at their church.
- 21% of all magazines read by Protestant laity are Christian.
- 20% of all TV watched by Protestant laity is Christian.
- The U.S. sends 127,000 mission workers abroad every year; about as many as the next 6 top-sending countries combined.
- 71% of youth pastors develop their curriculum resources in-house.
- On average, the typical youth ministry includes 12 adult volunteers, 60 teens, and 1.4 paid youth ministry staff.
- 90% of U.S. churches have fewer than 200 people. 80% have fewer than 100.
- 10% of Protestant laity is very informed about celebrities vs. 4% of Protestant pastors.
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults were raised with a mixed religious background.
- 8 in 10 U.S. adults say they were raised within a single religion.
- 24% of Millennials say they were raised by at least one parent who was a religious “none” vs. 11% in the Silent and Greatest generations.
- The richest 8 people in the world have net wealth of $426 billion — equivalent to the combined wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population.
- 1 in 6 American adults take at least one psychiatric drug, usually an anti-anxiety medication or antidepressant, and most have been doing so for a year or more.
- Women speak about 20,000 words a day –13,000 more than the average man.
- The word “cosmetic” comes from the same root as “cosmos” meaning order or adornment.
- Contrary to popular belief, alcohol lowers the body’s core temperature.
- The volcanic rock known as pumice is the only rock that can float in water.
- 1971 was the peak year for literacy among 17-year olds in the U.S.
- Math scores for whites in the U.S. peaked in ‛92 and have not changed since then.
- Health insurance as a share of worker compensation increased from 4.5% to 8.1% from ‛80 to ‛15.
- The share of U.S. young adults who are self-employed was just over 4% in ‛80 and peaked at near 6% by the early‛ 90s. Since then, it has declined to less than 4%.
- 43% of all marriages are remarriages and 65% of those involve children from a prior marriage.
- 36% of total U.S. national spending was on healthcare, housing and education in‛15, up from 25% in ‛80.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans won’t shell out for a large appliance unless it comes in their preferred color.
- 28% of a typical American family’s income went to rent in ‛14 vs. just 19% in ‛80.
- Spam will celebrate its 80th birthday July 5, 2017.
- Natural redheads are more susceptible to pain and need more anesthesia when they go under the knife than do people with other hair colors.
- 60% of U.S. working women rate work-life balance as very important.
- The average man spends 3,350 hours in their lifetime shaving.
- 1 in 5 people in the U.S. live with some type of disability.
- ‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first major full-length cartoon film.
- A decibel is one tenth of a Bel, which was named after Alexander Graham Bell.